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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and... See more »

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Jeff
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Kathie
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Whit
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Meta Carson
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Jim
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Fisher
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Ann
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Joe
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The Kid
Ken Niles ...
Eels
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Ball ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
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Tillotson - Night Clerk (uncredited)
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Mexican Waiter (uncredited)
Wesley Bly ...
Harlem Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ...
Woman at Harlem Club (uncredited)
Hubert Brill ...
Car Manipulator (uncredited)
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Doorman (uncredited)
Ted Collins ...
Man at Harlem Club (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Bartender in Acapulco (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ...
Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
Lee Elson ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Jess Escobar ...
Mexican Doorman (uncredited)
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Marney - Diner Owner (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Mrs. Miller (uncredited)
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Eunice Leonard (uncredited)
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Canby Miller (uncredited)
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Lou Baylord (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
Primo López ...
Mexican Bellhop (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
The Porter (uncredited)
Manuel París ...
Croupier (uncredited)
Caleb Peterson ...
Man with Eunice (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ...
Mexican Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Regan ...
Mystery Man (uncredited)
Victor Romito ...
Mexican Waiter (uncredited)
Tony Roux ...
Jose Rodriguez (uncredited)
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Man in Nightclub Cloakroom (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ...
Petey (uncredited)
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Rafferty (uncredited)
William Van Vleck ...
Cigar Store Clerk (uncredited)
Bill Wallace ...
Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
Sam Warren ...
Harlem Club Waiter (uncredited)
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Sheriff Ed Douglas (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jacques Tourneur

Written by

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Daniel Mainwaring ... (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes)
 
Daniel Mainwaring ... (novel "Build My Gallows High") (as Geoffrey Homes)
 
James M. Cain ... () (uncredited)
 
Frank Fenton ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Warren Duff ... producer
Robert Sparks ... executive producer

Music by

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Roy Webb

Cinematography by

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Nicholas Musuraca ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Samuel E. Beetley

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Albert S. D'Agostino
Jack Okey

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Darrell Silvera ... (set decorations)
John McCarthy Jr. ... (uncredited) (set decorations)

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Edward Stevenson ... (gowns)

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Mel Berns ... makeup department head (uncredited)

Production Management

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James H. Anderson ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Harry Mancke ... assistant director
Earl Harper ... assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Shores ... second unit director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Clem Portman ... sound
Francis M. Sarver ... sound

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Russell A. Cully ... special effects

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Linwood G. Dunn ... optical effects (uncredited)

Music Department

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director

Other crew

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Boyd Cabeen ... stand-in: Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
Robert De Grasse ... fill-in photographer (uncredited)
Frank Fenton ... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
M. Gutterman ... stand-in: Jane Greer (uncredited)
Leonard Shannon ... unit publicity writer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed... Written by Rod Crawford

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Taglines A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Build My Gallows High (United States)
  • Build My Gallows High (United Kingdom)
  • La griffe du passé (France)
  • Pendez-moi haut et court (France)
  • Goldenes Gift (Germany)
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  • 97 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Robert Mitchum told Roger Ebert he smoked so much that when the camera was rolling and Kirk Douglas offered him a pack and asked, "Cigarette?", Mitchum, realizing he'd carried a cigarette into the scene, held up his fingers and replied, "Smoking." His improvisation saved the take and they kept it in the movie. See more »
Goofs When Jeff visits Leonard Eels' office building, there are clearly five names on the directory under 'E' in the long shot, but just two in the POV shot that follows immediately. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
Soundtracks The First Time I Saw You See more »
Quotes [Kathie is playing roulette]
Jeff: That's not the way to win.
Kathie: Is there a way to win?
Jeff: There's a way to lose more slowly.
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